Even if the previous Manmohan Singh Government is discounted as an example of bad governance, what difference has Modi’s government that works made? The ground realities haven’t changed. Even if the first of the 18 MRCA’s are delivered in 2015, the remaining 108 aircraft made in India will not be available for quite some time.
More than 200,000 Indians have served in 49 of the 71 UN peacekeeping missions established around the world since 1948. In 2007, India became the first country to deploy an all-women contingent to a UN peacekeeping mission. But Major Suman Gawani deserves the credit for being the first Indian woman to get the Gender Advocate of the Year Award.
The military coup on 01 Feb 2021 in Myanmar has to be seen in the context of the Chinese showdown with India in both western as well as the eastern sectors. China is working very hard to ensure that India does not become a third superpower on the globe within the next decade.
It has been confirmed by the MEA and recent US Intelligence reports that more than 350 Chinese soldiers armed with iron rods and spiked bats were waiting to pounce on a small party of 50 unarmed Indians. It is a different story that the Indian soldiers despite their inferior numbers managed to overpower them and in the process killed 43 Chinese soldiers and injured 76 of them at the cost of 20 Indian soldiers including the CO 16 Bihar Col Babu. Still, we are talking to Chinese. why?
Over the last few years, China’s influence, in Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal affairs has multiplied increase while India losing its foothold.
The Kargil Review Committee set up to find what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again, found that the helicopter-borne Winter Air Surveillance Operations (WASO) failed to detect the intruders even when its helicopter was flying over their heads.
Though anyone who reaches the level of Secretary to Government of India is said to have reached the top, those who occupy the Defence Secretary’s position are specially ‘blessed’ and have new doors opening for them. Anyone who adorns the post is sure to go places and do well later in life…
It is difficult to imagine a future war without helicopters. Helicopters are versatile and lethal fighting machines. They do not need fancy airfields to take off and land. They can engage targets on the ground, air or sea. A typical helicopter gunship fitted with all kinds of armaments and missiles is like a samurai that can destroy around 17 times its cost before being destroyed. At the same time, Choppers can transport men, material, and casualties.
The questions uppermost in the minds of people all over the world are -- what is China up to? Why is China creating problems on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Galwan area? The only option for India is to be prepared for a military option all along the Chinese border but make an early exit without conceding China’s new claims.